Patriots hosted, were ‘intrigued and impressed’ with Lamar Jackson
The New England Patriots have been linked with a handful of quarterback prospects during this whole pre-draft process as they explore potential options to be Tom Brady’s long-term successor. They brought in the likes of Luke Falk, Kyle Lauletta and Mason Rudolph for pre-draft visits. Although, they didn’t do the same with Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, whom they were reported to be “most interested”.
But as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports, they apparently did bring Jackson in for a visit. And once they got a closer look at the former Heisman Trophy winner, they liked what they saw:
Relatively quietly, the #Patriots hosted #Louisville QB Lamar Jackson on a Top 30 pre-draft visit, sources say. The visit, which took place 2 weeks ago, left the organization “intrigued and impressed” with Heisman Trophy winner. They may have the option at No. 23.
The Patriots have not been alone in feeling that way about Jackson. Despite initial concerns about his ability to play the position at the next level, Jackson has acquitted himself quite well during workouts and visits with teams. Brady himself called Jackson a “beast” on Instagram.
After doubts about whether he’d even be a first-rounder, Jackson could easily be off the board halfway through the first round, and may possibly go even higher.
If the Patriots’ interest in Jackson is as real as it seems, then they’ll likely need to trade up from No. 23 and get much closer to the top 10 if they want to draft Jackson. With his combination of physical gifts and impressive mental makeup, there are likely other teams similarly impressed with Jackson who will also look to take him in the upcoming draft.